FM workers hold rare protest in front of Shin Bet offices
ByHerb Keinon
04 July 2013 04:38
As part of their sanctions the workers cut off Foreign Ministry contact with the agency a few weeks ago.
FOREIGN MINISTRY staff demonstrate near the Knesset, June 26, 2013

Foreign Ministry workers demonstrate 370. (photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Foreign Ministry workers, engaged in a six month work dispute for better wage and conditions, held a rare protest outside the headquarters of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, accusing the agency of undermining their struggle.

According to Yair Frommer, head of the ministry’s worker’s committee, the government is using the Shin Bet to deal with the visits of foreign dignitaries, something the ministry – as part of the sanctions – is refusing to do.



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Among the signs held at the protest were “Shin Bet instead of diplomacy = danger!!!” and “Shin Bet Collaborator.”

As part of their sanctions the workers cut off Foreign Ministry contact with the agency a few weeks ago.

Along with the protest, however, a representative from the union met in Jerusalem with Finance Ministry officials to find a way out of the dispute that has crippled a wide array of services provided by the Foreign Ministry, from logistical support for ministerial trips abroad to consular services to Israelis and new immigrants abroad.

In a related development, the refusal of the Foreign Ministry workers to process and deal with visits of Israeli diplomats and ministers abroad means that the government will not be sending a representative to Bulgaria on July 18 to participate in the ceremony marking a year since the terrorist attack there that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian driver.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch was invited to participate in the ceremony, but he will be unable to attend because of the sanctions.
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